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Come lay it down, won't you,
Come burn it down, can't you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Come lay it down, won't you,
Come burn it down, can't you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,
Life affirming and our spiritual trust

Lay it down, won't you,
Come burn it down, can't you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,

Buddha, Mohammad and the Hindu
Lost 100
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,
People still ask when will Armageddon begin,

Dragging my feet any longer through the
Pussy litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
Pussy litter,
Dragging my feet any longer through the
Pussy litter,

Nlelith is a prophet
From the prophet came the king
From the king came the pauper
From the pauper came the swing
From the swing came creation
From creation came love,
You don't know what this love is all about,

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,
Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition
Praise praise the Lord and pass the
Ammunition,

Do we ever have enough,
When we see that blue dove
Do we ever have enough
When we see that blue dove
We want to go where no one's been
No one's been

Come lay it down, won't you,
Come burn it down, can't you,
Lay it down, the guns above the ground
Won't you.



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    Tank123Apr 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm
    NO!!! it is saying that a lot of bad things have been done in the name of a god, not any particular god as it mentions muslims, hindus and bhuddism and the word Lord is how many religions refer to their God. And it also refers to the hypocrisy that occurs in most religions.
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    BlacksheepSep 17, 2008 at 10:28 pm
    Hmmm... I do like your interpretation, but i thought of something else with the meaning of "Praise the lord and pass the ammunition". I think you may have overinterpreted it in in a few areas, but i think the nlilith conclusion was fundamentally correct.
    To me it seemed to refer to all humans. We pray to God before a battle, a being who does not condone war and violence, and in our own hypocrisy and ignorance do not realize the irony of our action.

    To all of you idiots who think violence and bad language will win over a well thought conclusion, you are the type of of people these songs are written about.
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    sheilah_n_cabooseAug 9, 2008 at 12:37 am
    ok...this song isn't patronizing any religion. Just read the lyrics more carefully and you'll understand. It took me a while, too. At first it made no sense, but I started looking into the symbolisms. Check this out:

    "lay it down wont you, burn it down won't you? Lay the guns above the ground."...Ever heard anyone say "leave it to the Lord"? Or, just give it up to God? It's talking about putting down the things that stand between you and your religion, like violence and becoming desensitized. And yes, it's also talking about false doctrine.

    Then it begins talking about Lilith. Lilith was a mythological, mesopotamian, female demon who seduced random men so that she could bear demonic children. She is thought to be the bearer of death, illness, and disease. She's also mentioned in the Bible as a screech owl in Issaih 31:14,15 "The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet w/ the wild beasts of the island, and the satyr shall cry to his fellow; the screech owl also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. "There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, and hatch, and gather under her shadow; there shall the vultures also be gathered, every one with her mate." This makes it obvious that the prophet wasn't that swell of a person. The vultures gather near and dwell with her. And from Lilith came the king, the pauper, the swing, creation, and love. So, is it fair to say that Lilith, the saducing demon, essentially created the love that all people share? "You don't know what this love is about." The song goes on to say. We don't know what feeds our love and the difference between love and desire, because, according to the song at least, the love we know originated from Lilith, the demon prophet...So how do we have a clue as to how to love God?

    This is where the song merges into the chorus. "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition." It doesn't mean praise the Lord and go fight. Remember the first few lines? "Come lay it down, won't you?" They're laying down the ammunition, passing it down an assembly, if you will, and making a big pile. Then, they're going to burn it. (Imagine the explosion from all that ammo going off!) They're turning over their unnecesarry violence to the Lord. And, in doing so, they're exalting Him.

    "Budha, Muhammad, and the Hindu lost 100." Im not certain, but I think this is talking about God's wrath. Going from my Christian perspective, Buddhism, Muslim and Hinduism are all false doctrines. So, perhaps the "lost 100" is talking about God killing 100 of them because they were on the wrong track. They each lost one hundred to God's wrath bc they weren't worshipping right. I mean, Buddhism, they worship an idol. Muslim people believe that works get you into Heaven, which is proved wrong if you read Ephesians where it says "for I am saved by faith and not of works, lest any man should boast"

    "People still ask when Armaggeddon will begin" This is referring to the fact that we're in whats called the End Times...Rapture/Arm. is near, yet people still treat the Armageddon like its so far from now. This is a warning, but it's also one of those sorrowful complaints. He's begging us to give it up to the Lord and worship already!

    "Dragging my feet any longer in the pussy litter..." Ok, I took this to mean a few things. 1. what's in pussy litter? Crap. He's been walking through crap and he's ready to stop. To TURN IT OVER TO CHRIST, if you will. 2. I'm not sure if he's crude, but some people refer to women as pussies. And Lilith is a female prophet. So, perhaps he's talking about walking in her filthy ways... Either way, I still come to the same conclusion. He was living a bad life. He's ready to stop.

    You've got me on the whole "blue dove" part. Dove is a symbol for peace, obviously. But I'm not sure why the color blue was incorporated.

    So, in a nut shell, I believe that this song is talking (maybe even urging) rededication to the Lord. And I think that's something that we should all consider.
  • d
    +2
    dirtyhippyliberalJul 5, 2008 at 9:49 pm
    im sorry but fanofsoad is a complete retard. tank123 had it right that AND hes referrong to hypocritical americans that "stick by god and their guns". even thogh their god is a complete promoter of peace
  • j
    +1
    jakxl27Nov 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm
    sweet and simple.

    i think this song is completly and religons saying all life is saced but the telling them to go out to war and kill

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